The beach is On the Horizon

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post, which is a distressed beach themed card featuring the On the Horizon stamp set, Horizon Dies, Timber 3D Embossing Folder, and Pebbles Enamels Shapes! When I first saw the Horizon Dies in the Jan-June 2022 Mini Catalog, the two sand fence dies were it for me! While I love a good ocean or beach themed stamp set and/or dies, it can be the embellishments that really make your card stand out, just like the Pebbles Enamels Shapes! But don’t forget about the Faux Sea Glass Shapes, those were also a must for me, those you will definitely see in the near future! I will also show you how easily you can give your beach themed card a weathered and distressed look!

The base layer for the card front is Basic White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and I used the E clear block that I inked with the Soft Succulent ink pad, spritzed generously with water, spritz the Basic White cardstock a couple of times with water, and placed the inked side of the clear block on the cardstock. Tip-you can dry the cardstock slightly with your heat tool, but not all the way. I used my Smoky Slate ink pad on the top side (debossed side or the side with the SU! logo) to drag the pad across and then emboss. To finish giving the distressed look, I lightly dragged the edge of my Smoky Slate ink pad horizontally across the embossed cardstock, repeated this with my Soft Succulent ink pad vertically, used my snips along each side to distress, used a Sponge Dauber with Smoky Slate ink along each distressed side of the cardstock, and crumpled the cardstock up, lightly straightening the cardstock back out:

I used this design from the New Horizons DSP, first trimming a 2” x 6” strip off the bottom* and then cutting the 4” x 6” in half, at 3” along the 6” side, which will give you two 3” x 4” pieces. *Make sure the opposite side design has the Pale Papaya color, this is used for the two sand fence die-cuts. I also distressed the 4” x 3” piece of DSP with snips along the sides and a Sponge Dauber with Smoky Slate ink. For the 2” x 6” strip of DSP, I stamped the wood plank stamp vertically in Smoky Slate ink:

For the rest of the card front, you will need:

1. The distress piece of DSP, stamp the birds in Evening Evergreen ink and use an Evening Evergreen Stampin’ Write Marker to partially color the sand grass and stamp as shown.

2. Use the sand grass die to die-cut two times from Evening Evergreen cardstock.

3. Enough of the Crumb Cake baker’s twine to fold over into two pieces and tie into a knot, trimming the excess, and distressing the ends of the baker’s twin with your fingertip/nail by slightly pulling apart.

4. Use both sand fence dies to die-cut from the stamped DSP, as shown in the previous step.

5. Use any five of the Pebbles Enamels Shapes, not shown.

I used liquid glue to partially adhere the sand grass to the sand fence, trimming off the excess sticking out past the end of the fence, adhered them to the DSP so the stamped sand grass is behind the fence, and placed the pebbles as shown:

Tie the baker’s twine around the cardstock base layer into a knot and fray the ends, use dimensionals to adhere the 4” x 3” DSP to the base layer, and adhere this completed piece to a Soft Succulent cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½” and scored at 4 ¼”, not pressing the distress base layer flat on the card base:

For the inside, cut a piece of Basic White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼” and stamp the sentiment and sand grass in Evening Evergreen ink:

For the coordinating envelope, stamp the sand grass and birds in the bottom corner using Evening Evergreen ink:

Oh. Yessss. Have you ever made a card and thought, “this is it! This is me and I LOVE how this turned out!”? That is how I felt when I finished with this card, it totally sums up how I feel about the beach! If you do not have the Timber 3D Embossing Folder (which you should!), you can always use the retired Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder. I forgot to add, that you can make two of these cards from one sheet of the 6″ x 6″ DSP!!

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